History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines. The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.
Add salt and cornflour to the grated paneer and shape into small marble-sized balls. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry the paneer balls till golden. Drain on absorbent paper. In the same oil, deep-fry the cashewnuts till light golden. Drain on a
If you wish you can decorate the paneer balls with silver varq. Heat the ghee in a non stick pan, add the cumin seeds, cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and turmeric powder. Sauté for one minute.
Drain and add the rice and mix. Add one and a half cups water and milk and mix. Add salt and mix. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the fried cashewnuts. Mix and cover the pan and cook till done.
Transfer the rice onto a serving plate, garnish with the paneer balls and serve hot.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient.
His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.